Residence Life

Safety, Security, and Emergency Information

Emergencies - Call 911
For emergency situations, call 911. University of Toledo Police Department (UTPD), housed in the Public Safety Center, responds to all emergency situations in the residence halls. For non-life threatening emergencies, contact UTPD at 419.530.2600.

Safety and Security
All residents should assume responsibility for ensuring safety and security within University residence facilities. For your safety and security please follow all Residence Life policies, university policies and federal and state laws.

Residence Hall Access
Residents have access only to their assigned residence hall. Access to the residence halls is restricted to residents, escorted guests, and authorized University personnel.  All guests must register at the information desk and be escorted by residents of the building at all times. Residents must carry their Rocket ID at all times in order to be able to enter their assignedresidence hall.

Propping Doors
Residents may not prop any residence hall entrance/exit doors which are intended to remain closed and/or locked for safety and security reasons. Students who are found propping doors will be subject to judicial action.

Fire Safety
When the fire alarm is activated, all residents and guests must immediately leave the building using the nearest stairs and exits. Do not use the elevators. Follow the directions of the residence hallstaff, police or fire department personnel. Rooms may be checked in order to confirm evacuation of all occupants. The University of Toledo reserves the right to conduct fire drills in the residence halls during the academic year at a reasonable time of day. Failure to evacuate the building during a fire alarm will result in disciplinary action including a $50 fine.

Fire Safety Equipment

Fire safety equipment (including pull stations, smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, exit signs, fire extinguishers, and fire hoses) is provided for the safety of building occupants. Fire safety equipment should only be used to alert occupants to a real fire or to extinguish a real fire. Residents are expected to avoid careless and inappropriate behavior near fire safety equipment that could activate the fire alarm system.

Anyone who intentionally activates the fire alarm system when there is no fire is subject to prosecution through the criminal court system and/or disciplinary action through the University judicial system. The expected sanction for such a violation is suspension from the University for a minimum of one semester and remuneration of costs incurred.

Anyone who tampers with fire safety equipment or removes it from its proper location, other than for proper use, is subject to disciplinary action. The minimum University sanction for a first time violation is a $50 fine and may result in termination of the resident’s housing contract.

Fire Evacuation
When the fire alarm is activated, all residents and guests must evacuate the building. Everyone must wait outside away from the building until a staff member indicates they may return. Failure to evacuate during a fire alarm is a serious violation of University policy and results in disciplinary action and a $50 fine.

Window and Screen Safety Regulations
For safety purposes, window screens must not be removed or opened, nor should any attempt be made to open windows that are permanently closed. Do not drop or throw anything out of a residence hall window, including trash, or one will be charged judicially and possibly fined. Do not enter or exit any building through a window. There is a $10 screen reinstallation charge. Repair and/or replacement can cost up to $40per screen.

Tornado Safety                                                                                                          
In the event of a tornado, all residents and their guests are expected to follow the established tornado warning guidelines of each residence hall and/or directions from the staff. Generally, the designated tornado safety areas are located on the lower levels of the residence halls. Failure to comply with the safety regulations will result in a judicial hearing and possible sanction.

Residence Life Hazardous Condition
If you suspect any rooms/suites to contain any nuisance-type conditions (mold, mildew, unpleasant odors, etc.) it is your responsibility to report the condition to the hall/village information desk as soon as possible. The information desk will contact Health and Safety (Ext. 3600) immediately to assess the condition.

Rooms/suites suspected of containing any of these conditions may need to be vacated until the University has evaluated the condition. The hall director will relocate affected students in those cases that require evacuation of the room/suite.

Dangerous Materials
Residents may not possess or use dangerous materials such as explosives, firecrackers, ammunition, smoke bombs, flammable chemicals including, but not limited to, gasoline, propane, and/or other combustibles. These items are not permitted inside the residence halls, nor should they be delivered to your residence hall address.

No student shall intentionally ignite or threaten to ignite substances in or near the residence halls or apartment buildings including the parking lots. This includes camp fires, bonfires, or any sort of fire set in or near the residence halls.

Environmental Safety                                                                                                                                                                     
Residents must adhere to Federal, State, and University regulations regarding environmental safety. Residents are responsible for the proper disposal of personal, room and/or suite waste into appropriate waste containers. Intentionally, negligently or recklessly exposing someone to hazardous waste as determined by the law or University policy is strictly prohibited. Violations of the environmental safety policy include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Inappropriate use, storage, and or disposal of chemicals, paints, etc.
  2. Inappropriate disposal of sharp objects (e.g. needles, syringes, broken glass, razor blades,fluorescent bulbs, etc.)
  3. Inappropriate disposal of or exposure to blood born pathogens, bodily fluids, biological waste etc. (e.g. public urination, defecation or regurgitation)

The display, possession, use, or intent to use firearms, ammunition, bows, arrows, swords, decorative swords, knives, with the exception of culinary knives used solely in kitchenette areas for cooking purposes, or other weapons (BB guns, pellet guns, air/CO2 guns, paint or blowguns, martial art weapons, toy guns, squirt guns, etc.) is strictly prohibited. None of these items should be shipped or delivered to your residence hall address.

Incense and Candles
Burning items such as incense, scented oil, candles with open flames or embers and/or natural fuel (oil, kerosene, gasoline, propane and charcoal) are prohibited in the residence hall rooms/suites or public areas, including the surrounding parking lots.

Health Hazards
Items such as soiled clothing, rotten or expired food, dirty bathroom facilities (dirt, mold, mildew, etc) and the noxious odors emanating from such, pose serious health hazards to the community and are prohibited. Residents living in suite-style housing must clean their showers and bathrooms regularly. All residents are expected to clean their rooms, refrigerators/microwaves and empty their trash. Rotten or expired food should be discarded immediately. Cleaning supplies are located at the information desk in suite-style residence halls. All information desks have brooms, dust pans and vacuum cleaners.

Night Watch (Safety Escort Service)
Students traveling on-campus during the evening hours can utilize the night watch staff. Trained escort teams comprised of two-people who carry two-way radios that keep them in contact with the University Police Department as they accompany students across campus. To request an escort, students should call 419.530.3024.

Campus Safety Programs
Professional staff members provide programming to inform residents about safety issues. Programs include self-defense demonstrations, and common sense precautions. 

Last Updated: 9/16/21